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grownup

[grohn-uhp] /ˈgroʊnˌʌp/
noun
1.
a mature, fully grown person; adult.
Origin of grownup
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; noun use of verb phrase grow up

grown-up

[grohn-uhp] /ˈgroʊnˈʌp/
adjective
1.
having reached the age of maturity.
2.
characteristic of or suitable for adults:
grown-up behavior; grown-up fiction.
Origin
First recorded in 1625-35; adj. use of verb phrase grow up
Related forms
grown-upness, noun
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  • This was too big a thing, and too private, to tell a grownup.

    Games Katherine MacLean
  • The grownup straightened away from the fence, preparing to walk off.

    Games Katherine MacLean
  • His mother, his sister Margaret, and their grownup friends had finished their tea and were approaching from the house.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • Onward and still onward to a glorious end, left entirely to myself and entrusted with an important task like a grownup person!

  • He remembered Blanche Seymour as a passionate dancer still when he began to go to grownup parties.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
British Dictionary definitions for grownup

grown-up

adjective
1.
having reached maturity; adult
2.
suitable for or characteristic of an adult
noun
3.
an adult
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